»Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul«.
I believe she's right, but I also believe, that attempting; striving to create beauty restores your soul as well. The act of simply working with your hands, searching the inner stillness, while quietly listening, is healing you. I find I need to do this, maybe not every day, but as often as possible. I need to work with my hands, to create, and maybe create beauty, in order to feel whole and be at peace.
It doesn't really matter what my hands are doing, or what they are working with. As long as what I'm doing somehow feels like a prayer, or like I'm in conversation with something or somebody else, it restores my soul. Well, that, and working with materials, that I find beautiful and inspiring, such as natural materials.
I recently felt the need for trying something new, specifically for trying to make something of clay. And it is such a wonderful matter to work with. Even though I really enjoyed the process, I didn't find that what I made was beautiful. Nevertheless, I like the organic feeling and the colours, which happen to go well with my natural dyed fabrics. And actually, seeing the pictures now, makes me look with new eyes, and I think I can appreciate my first attempts better. I'm eager to make some more!
What restores your soul?